What students say about medicine
As a medic, the course is more full-on than most courses and you will be in uni pretty much 9-5 every day (except Wednesdays for sport), with a high number of contact hours. This includes lectures, tutorial groups, anatomy sessions, clinical skills, physiology practicals, community placement time and any hospital visits.2nd year, Durham University
The content of the course is really amazing and I think there is a great balance of topics covered. Dissection is fascinating and the other tutorials and lectures are all extremely interesting. There is a lot of work to do out of the timetabled hours and this can be extremely challenging.2nd year, University of St Andrews
It's mainly lectures, tutorials, symposiums, placement and anatomy sessions in the first two years. It feels like you're studying every degree at once as there are elements of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and sociology.2nd year, University of Southampton
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Critical Thinking
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Health professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Hospital doctor
- General practice doctor
- Medical specialist
Other real-life job examples
- Health service manager
- Aid Worker
What employers like about this subject
A degree in medicine will give you skills in good medical practice; in evidence-based medicine; in dealing with difficult or emergency situations and in investigating and diagnosing medical conditions. You will also gain useful transferable skills such as good communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Most doctors work in hospitals, clinics or GP practices, but roles are also available in the Armed Forces, the pharmaceutical industry or working for universities.